Speaking In Code


















What brings you to Marina Bay Sands?
I’m visiting the Attack On Titan Exhibition at the ArtScience Museum to celebrate a friend’s birthday. She’s been wanting to go for a long time, so we thought we might as well go together as a group.

I’m not quite a fan of the show though. I slept through the first two seasons of it, so I have no idea what’s going on now in the later seasons (laughs).

I don’t get the hype over it. I prefer darker shows and animes like The Promised Neverland, which I’m watching now. It’s about an orphanage that sells children to a monster. So in season one, the kids find out that things are not quite as they seem, because one of them gets sent off to the orphanage master and disappears each month. In season two, the kids attempt to escape, which is really interesting.

Apart from animes, what other shows do you like to watch?
I’m currently watching and really liking Stranger Things. I’m a bit slow because I’ve just started on the series, but it’s never too late to start, right?

I started watching it because I needed something to take my mind off my final year project (FYP). I’m in my final year in polytechnic, and I’m doing coding for my FYP, which can be very tedious, so I was looking for something to watch in between sessions. I heard a lot of good things about the latest season of Stranger Things, so I decided to give it a go.

What are your plans after poly?
After I complete my National Service, I will maybe apply for a job in the IT industry. That’s what I’m studying in poly, so I might as well make good use of my diploma. If possible, I’m planning to go to university to study computer science too.

When did you pick up coding? Was it in poly or before that?
Actually, when I was in secondary school, I never considered doing coding or anything related to IT. But I didn’t do too well for my O Levels, and ended up going to ITE. That’s where I first picked up coding.

We only studied the basics in ITE, and at that time, I thought it would be easy, so I chose to go more in-depth into it in poly, but as it turns out, it’s not that easy after all (laughs). But I also started to enjoy it more, so I think it’s not too bad.

It’s a love-hate relationship that I have with coding. I hate it when I can’t solve something I’m working on, but I love it when I manage to complete it.

Apart from watching shows on Netflix, how else do you spend your free time?
When I was in primary school, I used to play the trombone quite often, because I was in the school band. But I haven’t played since I started poly, because I wanted to try something new. So these days, I crochet.

I actually picked up crocheting from my mum, because she crochets too. I only know how to make basic things like this mask chain, but I find the skill quite useful. When my mum first saw my mask chain, she asked me to make one for her, and then eventually, I made one for everyone in my family.

Are there any other skills you’re looking to pick up?
3D printing! I’m planning on getting myself a 3D printer soon. The filament is quite cheap actually, but I just need to learn how to use the software so that I can design and print stuff on my own.

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